Synopses & Reviews
Have you ever encountered an underwater marching band, a pig in a bathing suit, a pet orangutan, or a witch in a hardware store? Have you ever sat with a skunk in a courtroom, shopped for a dinosaur, or conversed with a Bupple, a Wosstrus, a Violinnet, or a Celloon? You will have, once you've read this exuberant collaboration from Jack Prelutsky and his "partner in crime" James Stevenson.
The "reigning czars of silliness" have once again teamed up to bring readers an irresistible collection of poems that will have tongues twisting, imaginations soaring, and sides aching with laughter. The result is genius, indeed.
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Familiar yet inventive, exuberant and silly, this consistently fresh assortment of light verse and expressive cartoons lives up to the haute goofiness of the best Prelutsky/Stevenson work (The New Kid on the Block). This collection of more than a hundred poems includes Prelutsky's distinctive mixture of real and fictitious animals, outlandish pets, wistfully subversive students and anti-establishment characters. There are enough verses about burping and homework to satisfy the usual suspects, but they'll also stick around to find their imaginations jump-started. Wordplay and nonsense include the alliterative items on Sandwich Sam's menu ('beetle beet banana blubber, chigger cheese chinchilla chalk') and the incomparable pun in the poem 'Today It's Pouring Pythons,' in which the ballgame is called 'anaconda rain.' Humor and whimsy abound, and Stevenson's clever art extends the comedy, but never overshadows the text. He somehow makes elephants look 'extremely graceful,/ light and limber on their feet' in 'I'm Dancing with My Elephants,' and he can make eccentricity plausible, as when a father and son engage in their traditional July 4 buttering of their noses in 'My Family's Unconventional.' Like the words in the poem 'Some Chickens,' the pairings in this volume are 'pure poultry in motion.' Ages 5-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Children's Poet Laureate Prelutsky once again teams up with illustrator Stevenson for this collection of more than 100 poems and pictures that's sure to make young readers giggle with delight. Illustrations.
About the Author
Jack Prelutsky is the best-selling author of more than fifty books of poetry, including The New Kid on the Block
, illustrated by James Stevenson, and Stardines Swim High Across the Sky
, illustrated by Carin Berger. Jack Prelutsky lives in Washington State.
James Stevenson is an op-ed contributor to the New York Times. His popular column, "Lost and Found New York," has appeared regularly in the newspaper since 2003. He was on the staff of The New Yorker for more than three decades; his work includes 2,000 cartoons and 80 covers, as well as reporting and fiction. He is also the author and illustrator of over 100 children's books. He lives in Connecticut.